Shook Ankles: Crawford Is The Better Jordan (For This Particular Play)
Last week, Jordan Crawford created a minor stir when he gave an honest (delusional?) self-assessment of his game, goals, and legacy. This is what he said: “When I’m done playing, I don’t want people to say, Michael Jordan is the best player. I want that to be me. That’s how I am. That’s how I was built.”
Normally comments like this would be chewed up and spit out by the jaws of social media; processed, digested, mocked, then forgotten. But thanks to the lockout and its magical ability to make even the dumbest non-lockout stories seem interesting, Crawford’s inane statement was placed on stilts.
On March 30th of last year, Crawford scored 39 points in a home loss against Miami. Despite attempting 16.3 shots per game after being traded from Atlanta to Washington, this was the only time in his rookie year the 22-year-old Crawford broke the 30 point mark. Michael Jordan had no weaning period in the NBA. He lead the league with 2313 points in his first season. Crawford had 490, good for 10th in his own draft class. So yes, there’s a speck of argument against Crawford’s statement—not that it was ever needed.